Are you looking for youth wood bats but don’t even know where to start? It’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of options you have available and still not know what you are getting.
We have you completely covered and by the time you finish reading you’ll have a great idea what you need.
Here are our top picks!
1. Marucci CU26 YOUTH MODEL
The CU26 by Marucci is a great bat.
The fully balanced design makes it easy to swing and for young players helps maximize their swing speed.
As with all Marucci wood bats it is bone rubbed which adds density to the barrel. This makes it more durable.
In our experience, Marucci does have some of the most durable wood bats on the market!
This bat is made of maple and has a thin handle design. This makes it easy to grip for kids of all sizes!
The CU26 comes in sizes 26in – 31in.
2. Louisville Slugger Youth Prime Maple Y271
Louisville Slugger has been making some of the best wood bats on the market since as long as I can remember.
At one point they were pretty much the only wood bat manufacturer. Obviously the market has since exploded with different brands, but Louisville Slugger has maintained their position as one of the most popular wood bats you can buy.
Their youth wood bats are no different and the Prime Maple Y271 is a great choice for young players.
This is the lightest and most balanced youth maple bat that Slugger offers.
The target drop for this bat is around -8 (there can be some slight variation when it comes to wood bats which is why they say “target” drop).
The Y217 comes in lengths between 27in and 31in.
3. Old Hickory Youth KG1Y
We are big fans of Old Hickory bats and their youth models stack up well against any others!
The KG1Y is a well balanced bat with a thin handle and a flared knob.
This bat does swing a little heavier than some of the other models with a maximum drop of -5. The cool thing is you can choose between -3, -4 or -5 when you order.
The other nice thing about Old Hickory is you can order all of their bats in either maple, ash or birch.
You can order in lengths between 27 and 32 inches.
4. Marucci DW5 Custom Youth Model
Next on our list is the Marucci DW5 Custom Youth Model. This bat is perfectly constructed for that traditional wood bat feel.
You can get it in ash or maple depending on what you prefer.
One of the things that you’ll love about ordering from Marucci is the ability to customize your bat on the website. Handle color, barrel color, engraving and knob stamp are just a few of the many options they give you.
Some upgrades will add to the cost but they are available if you choose!
You can also pick the weight from -4 to -6.
The DW5 is available in lengths of 26-31 inches.
5. B45 Bats B271 Pro Select Stock
B45 bats are one of the most popular manufacturers of birch bats. Birch is a softer, more flexible wood which can often lead to more “whip” in the swing.
This makes it a nice option for youth players looking to add a few mph to their bat speed!
Birch does have a “break in” period however, so it takes some time for the wood to harden on impact. You may see some small indentions when using the bat for the first time but don’t worry this shouldn’t affect performance!
In addition, the forgiveness is going to be much better than ash or maple. Some younger players may prefer this and avoid the stingers off the end of the bat!
Again the B271 is a balanced design just like a lot of the other youth wood bat models on the market.
It has a maximum drop of -5 and comes in sizes 27in-30in.
6. Rawlings Velo Ash Wood Bat
The Velo Ash bat by Rawlings is a great option for a lot of youth players. The 7/8in ultra thin handle with a tac-grip ensures maximum feel.
They guarantee a drop of -7.5 with the Velo so you can be sure you are getting a very light and balanced design.
This is one of the better ash bats available in a youth model and the color scheme is great as well!
It comes in sizes 27-29in.
7. Easton MAKO Youth Ash
The Easton Mako has been a wildly popular metal bat choice for players but they also offer this model in a wood bat!
As with the metal version the youth ash is designed to be balanced. It comes with a thin handle and a cupped end.
The drop is between -7 and -10 so you are getting the lightest wood bat available.
It comes in sizes 27 to 31 inches.
8. Louisville Slugger 2020 Youth Flylite
If you aren’t looking for a youth bat constructed of premium lumber and want something that is easier on the wallet then the Flylite by Louisville Slugger is a great option.
It is constructed out of poplar so it is not going to be as durable as a maple or ash bat. Again it’s tough to get the top of the line wood at a highly discounted price.
The big advantage, however, is that this bat is going to be very light at a -10. This would be preferred for really young players that don’t have the strength to swing a heavier bat.
The youth Flylite is available in 27-30in lengths.
Things To Consider When Buying a Youth Wood Bat
What should you look for in a youth wood bat?
The two biggest things are:
Let’s take a quick look at each…
For a lot of young players, the balance and overall weight of a bat can have a big impact on how they swing the bat and even in their development over time.
Wood bats have the tendency to be a little more top heavy than most of the metal bats out on the market today. This can cause bat drag and other issues that you wouldn’t want to introduce simply because they are using a wood bat.
Sometimes is better to go with a smaller size in order to avoid these issues.
In our list we have options from -4 all the way to -10. Lighter doesn’t always mean better because you will be sacrificing power at contact.
However if the bat is too heavy for the player to swing then you are causing more harm than good!
You may or may not know that not all wood bats are created equal!
Sometimes a lower price means that the quality of the wood is not as high. This can lead to early chipping, cracking and even breaking.
The last thing you want is to buy a really cheap bat and have to replace it after a couple of uses. Wood bats can actually last a very long time if you make the right pick!
The grain on the bat can tell you a lot about the quality of the wood. Typically for ash bats, lower grain count equals a higher quality wood.
Pay attention to the description the manufacturer provides on their website or packaging. They may have a rating on the wood quality.
Another option is you can see if any of the youth models have blem wood bats available.
These are bats that have mostly cosmetic errors but are very high quality. Since something like the paint or logo was messed up they sell at a much cheaper price!
Youth baseball players usually have a lower swing speed, and this can often be helpful if you want the bat to last a long time!
The lower the swing speed, the less likely a player is to break a wood bat. If someone has an above average swing speed for their age, you may want to look at a higher quality wood.
There are a lot of great choices when it comes to finding the best youth wood bats.
The price mainly depends on the quality of wood and the amount of hand crafting that goes in to the bat.
For around $60-70 you can get a very high quality bat that should last quite a while if treated properly.
Remember, the faster the swing speed the more likely a bat will break on a miss hit. With wood bats it’s simply the price we pay for that classic sound and feel!
What is your favorite brand of wood bats?